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  • A fragment of a story

    A fragment of a story

    Jon Grech is an idiosyncratic artist in the visual arts scene. He seems to hibernate elusively for long periods, which are characteristically very productive journeys of self-discovery. His themes are varied. Technically, he is among the most...

  • A tribute to a great

    A tribute to a great

    So there I am, carefully calculating the seven steps that lead to Dominic Galea’s basement-cum-rehearsal space, when the band starts playing the title track off Miles Davis’ 1963 album, Seven Steps to Heaven. A coincidence without a doubt, but one...

  • When love triumphs

    When love triumphs

    Gluck’s Orphée Et Eurydice, composed in 1762, revolutionised opera. Gluck revised it in a French version in 1774 and in 1859 Berlioz edited the work in a new version, combining elements from the previous two. The latter was the one which recently...

  • Don’t stop them now

    Don’t stop them now

    Who doesn’t like to rock out to some classic Queen songs every now and then? Judging from the way Masquerade packed in the crowds for Simply Queen, the answer is: no one. Under the watchful eye of director Anthony Bezzina, the much-loved band was...

  • Not your usual Hollywood fare

    Not your usual Hollywood fare

    The Side Street Films concept, which sees the Eden Cinemas screening off-beat, arthouse and indie films, is two years old. Paula Fleri-Soler finds out how audiences have reacted. It’s been almost two years since Eden Cinemas launched their Side...

  • Constantly on edge

    Constantly on edge

    10 Cloverfield LaneDirector: Dan TrachtenbergStars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Callagher JrDuration: 103 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd 2008’s Cloverfield was a found footage horror film that, thanks to an extremely clever...

  • A muddled fantasy epic

    A muddled fantasy epic

    The Huntsman: Winter’s WarDirector: Cedric Nicloas-TroyanStars: Emily Blunt, Sam Claflin, Charlize TheronDuration: 114 minsClass: 12AKRS Releasing Ltd The Huntsman: Winter’s War can be described as a prequel, sequel and equal to its predecessor,...

  • Acoustic guitar phenomenon to perform at Pjazza Teatru Rjal

    Acoustic guitar phenomenon to perform at Pjazza Teatru Rjal

    Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, whose five-decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, will be bringing his passionate and infectious live show to the Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta on August 10. This one-night-only...

  • Singer Prince recovering after emergency landing

    Singer Prince recovering after emergency landing

    Singer Prince's private jet was reportedly forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after the singer fell ill with the flu and had to be hospitalised.  Celebrity website TMZ says Prince's private plane was forced to make an emergency...

  • Gigi D'Alessio in Malta

    Gigi D'Alessio in Malta

    Neapolitan Gigi D'Alessio arrived in Malta this afternoon to perform live with his band tomorrow at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. Upon his arrival, D'Alessio promised his fans an unforgettable show. Organised by CMC Concerts,...

  • Terry Wogan 'totally spoiled Eurovision'

    Terry Wogan 'totally spoiled Eurovision'

    Sir Terry Wogan "totally spoiled Eurovision" by mocking acts in his commentary, one of the song contest's bosses reportedly said. The late broadcaster was accused of creating a generation of Britons who see the show as irrelevant and "kitsch" by...

  • Cirque du Soleil cancels shows over transgender law

    Cirque du Soleil cancels shows over transgender law

    Cirque du Soleil said it was cancelling shows in North Carolina over a new state law that it called discriminatory, becoming the latest entertainment act to take a stance against the measure. "The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an...

  • Diverse novels make it to Man Booker Prize shortlist

    Diverse novels make it to Man Booker Prize shortlist

    Four countries have been represented for the first time as the diverse shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 was announced. Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion, Austrian Robert Seethaler’s A Whole...

  • One of Italy’s ‘best-kept secrets’

    For the first time, the Man Booker International prize could go to an anonymous writer this year, if a story of lifelong friendship in southern Italy beats the other five contestants in a short list announced this week. The Story of the Lost...

  • The Bard’s 400-year legacy

    The Bard’s 400-year legacy

    Lorella Fava finds out how ‘Shakespeare is everywhere right now’ with worldwide celebrations, including Malta. The University of Malta is organising a series of events to commemorate the legendary playwright. T.S. Eliot once wrote: “April is the...

  • Conquering a character

    Conquering a character

    Alex Vella Gregory speaks to Nicholas Agius Darmanin ahead of his operatic performance in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Gozo next week. Most of us can hum the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia or at least have a bash at Figaro’s...

  • ‘The Queen of Cannes’

    ‘The Queen of Cannes’

    Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Jodie Foster will be gracing the red carpet at next month’s Cannes Film Festival but it is actress Kristen Stewart who grabbed the early spotlight after being dubbed ‘Queen of Cannes’ by organisers. Organisers...

  • Eli Wallach’s actress wife dies at 90

    Anne Jackson, a Tony Award-nominated theatre actress who often appeared on stage with her husband, Eli Wallach, in comedies and classics, has died. She was 90. Peter Wallach said his mother died at her home in Manhattan, New York, of natural...

  • Kingsley rejects claims The Jungle Book film is too scary for children

    Kingsley rejects claims The Jungle Book film is too scary for children

    Ben Kingsley has rejected claims the live action film of The Jungle Book is too scary for young audiences, saying “you are not preparing the child for the future if everything is sugar-coated in pink”. Kingsley voices the panther Bagheera in the...

  • Bataclan concert hall set to reopen

    The concert hall targeted in the November 13 Paris attacks is preparing to reopen and has scheduled a set of concerts toward the end of the year. The management of the Bataclan says renovation work has started on the storied venue, where 89 people...

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